from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A yard on which a topsail is carried. Compare double topsails, under topsail.


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  • H.M.S. Scout, rushing helter skelter, colliding with everybody, bestriding their horses as they would a topsail-yard, hanging on to manes and lassoing horns, and enjoying themselves thoroughly.

    The Hawaiian Archipelago

  • The Fram remained here for thirteen days, which were chiefly spent in repairing the propeller and cleaning the engine; in addition to this the topsail-yard, which was nearly broken in the middle, was spliced, as we had no opportunity of getting a new one.

    The South Pole; an account of the Norwegian antarctic expedition in the 'Fram', 1910 to 1912

  • On each mast the lower yard, lower topsail-yard, and lower topgallantsail-yard do not hoist up and down; the others do.

    Golden Days for Boys and Girls, Vol. XIII, Nov. 28, 1891

  • These latter, of course, would have now to be reduced, in order to suit the diminished height of the new mast, whereon the topsail-yard would have to do duty for the old fore-yard, and the topgallant one be transferred into a topsail-yard.

    The White Squall A Story of the Sargasso Sea

  • He took one look at Mr. Harding, then made a wild jump for the rigging and climbed right back up to that topsail-yard.

    Chapter 9

  • I doubt if many of them, on the first try, could lay out on a topsail-yard in a gale of wind without immediately falling overboard; but they don't have to lay out on topsail-yards nowadays.

    The U-boat hunters

  • And so, having gotten in our three jury lower-masts, we hoisted up the foreyard to the main, to act as our mainyard, and did likewise with the topsail-yard to the fore, and after that, we sent up the t'gallant-yard to the mizzen.

    The Boats of the Glen Carrig: Chapter 16

  • There are mornings on land and mornings on the sea, and when the world is a grey wash and a mask of spindrift it is good to be alive upon the sea, high on a topsail-yard, to see the grey return of the glory of the day.

    A Tramp's Notebook

  • An intense effort of will resulted in the slow extension of all the fingers of his right hand, and a little straightening of the arm toward the backstay; but not until he had fallen to the level of the upper topsail-yard was this result reached.

    "Where Angels Fear to Tread" and Other Stories of the Sea

  • He was one of the keenest-sighted men we had on board; and instead of seating himself, as usual, on the topsail-yard, he continued his upward progress until he reached the royal-yard, upon which he perched himself as easily as if he had been in an arm-chair, steadying his body by bracing his back against the few inches of the slender royal-mast which rose above the yard.

    The Rover's Secret A Tale of the Pirate Cays and Lagoons of Cuba


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